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Remembering to put a new ring in on time might be hard. And some people get side effects that bother them (but they usually go away in a few months).

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You have to change NuvaRing on time.

It’s really important to always put your new rings in on time, or you might not be protected from pregnancy. Using our birth control app, setting a reminder, or marking your calendar can help you stay on schedule.

If you have a really busy life and think you won’t stay on top of your ring schedule, check out other birth control methods like IUDs or the implant that are super low-maintenance and almost impossible to mess up. Take our quiz to help you find the birth control method that’s best for you.

There can be negative side effects.

Like with all medicines, there can be NuvaRing side effects. But most usually go away after 2 or 3 months. Many people use the ring with no problems at all. You can keep track of any side effects with our app.

The hormones in the ring can change your level of sexual desire. You may also notice spotting or bleeding between periods, sore breasts, nausea, or headaches. These side effects usually go away after 2 or 3 months, and they don’t happen to everyone who uses the ring. You may also have a little extra vaginal wetness when using the ring. 

Birth control shouldn’t make you feel sick or uncomfortable. Luckily, there are many different types of birth control, so you’ve got options. If you keep having side effects that bother you after using NuvaRing for 3 months, talk with your nurse or doctor about trying another birth control method. But don’t stop using the ring without starting a new method if you can, or you won’t be protected from pregnancy.

Some NuvaRing side effects are serious.

Serious problems from using the ring are very rare.  People using birth control that has estrogen, like the NuvaRing, have a slightly higher chance of having a few rare but dangerous problems than people who don’t use birth control with hormones.

For more information about side effects, talk with your nurse or doctor or read the package insert that came with your NuvaRing.

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